I'm hardly an expert, but I think it was just another production run. Maybe 3" was too. There is probably more to it than whim... I just don't know.Can,t locate this length in any books. Any one know if this is odd or not.
Never shot the 5inch, but owned the three inch. Great gun, just to heavy for all day carry. Could not imagine carrying a five inch all day.
I'm sure there are reasonable arguments against using an 'open-end' 4.2" holster with a 5" gun. Just not sure what they are.All the above are true, about the right holsyer/belt combination. But be advised that a holster for the 5 inch may be difficult to find, as most are made for the 4 & 6 inch barrels.